Was there ever a more consequential, war than World War I? As a result of the bickering petty politics of Europe's inbred monarchs, we got communism and the Soviet empire from it, for one. We got 37 million deaths, millions and millions of very bright people, a death toll so high it skewed the demographics of nations such as France.
We got grotesque forms of warfare - trench warfare, chemical warfare, and howitzers, shell shock, tanks, and huge civilian death tolls. We also got the breakup of the Austro-Hungarian empire - Europe's first truly internationalist empire of tolerance and melting pots - to be replaced by the crummy and oppressive European Union.
We got the creation of the morally relativistic cultural Eurotrashiness of Europe in that war's wake, too - dada art, stupid other kinds of modern art, and a Europe that refuses to fight or stand up for itself no matter what may come down the pike. The death toll allows us to recognize the rationale with sympathy. And as an awful coda, the war was so badly resolved it led to a second, and even bigger world war. So this is a war that's still very much with us in effects, one hundred years after the armistice was signed............. To Read More......
My Take - I hope this comes to Cleveland as I really would like to see it. However, this is a good time to say this: This really was Wilson's war. America had no dog in that fight, and had no reason for wasting $22,625,253,000 dollars (*$338, 021, 279, 820.00 today) and 116,516 young American lives. Out of the 4,355,000 Americans to participate in the war, roughly seven percent of them (304,850) were either killed, injured or captured.
Saving Europe from Europeans in WWI wasn't worth one American dollar and certainly not one American life. As far as I'm concerned, saving Europeans from non-Europeans is worth even less.
It's time they stood up on their own hind legs. But since Europeans no longer believe in anything, it appears they will now tolerate everything, at least at the leadership level. But Europe, just like France, is fast becoming ungovernable. Let them feed on their own now and leave us out of it.
* One dollar in 1919 was worth 14.94 today.